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Paperboats Zine

The urge to explore and celebrate all the kinds of lives of Planet Earth is stronger than ever, but the environmental and ecological crisis demands we also lift our eyes, and our voices, to species extinction and habitat loss, to what is happening to the forests and hills, the rivers and seas, our streets and gardens. The writer’s instinct to pay attention has never been more vital. Literature can help us to see the natural world – and our place in it – differently.


Sea waves crashing onto rocks

Issue One: Introduction

As nature writers, we are more comfortable in the wild, semi-feral, immersed in the rich diversity of life that has – incredibly – evolved

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Gannet flying and looking at the camera

Loch Striven

This is what the world was like.

The Atlantic narrowed to a slither of sea

between long, gorse-yellowed hills.

A gannet flew close to the small, slow waves.

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Oil rig

The Forth Whales

It’s a sky-blue afternoon, with combed out clouds and an onshore breeze. From your bench high on grassy bluff, the view is of twin coastlines

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Gannet flying with a fishing hook in its mouth

Solan Goose Summer

Troup Head – Scotland’s only mainland gannet colony: a pungent aroma of guano fills the air as I walk closer to life on the edges

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